Word on the street is that former Republican gubernatorial candidate Fred Smith is planning to run for the state Senate next year.
Smith, a builder and a former state senator from Clayton, plans to announce in the next couple of weeks for Senate district seat 11, which is now held by Republican incumbent E.S. “Buck” Newton of Wilson. That would likely set up a GOP primary.
Smith served three terms in the state Senate before seeking the GOP nomination for governor in 2008, losing to Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.
Smith, 69, is president of the Fred Smith Company.